“The tension in the Western Balkans will persist for a long time”

“The tension in the Western Balkans will persist for a long time”

An interview with Mladen Ivanic, the vice president of the federal parliament in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Love of Balkans

I have been asked many times why I like the Balkans, why I keep coming back, why I am fascinated with this region – a region that is far from perfect. The answer might be that despite the fact that it is far from perfect and at times everything seems wrong, it is a magical [...]

Many of Sarajevo's buildings still bear the scars of war.

Sarajevo Saviors

SARAJEVO | When Jovan Divjak walks along Sarajevo’s main street, Ferhadija, everyone recognizes him. To passers-by, this smartly dressed man in a white shirt is like a magnet. Everyone wants to be photographed with him, shake his hand, get his autograph. Yet Divjak is neither an artist nor a politician. He is an army general. [...]

The huge King Fahd Mosque in Sarajevo was built with money from the Saudi government. Photo by Aktron/Wikimedia Commons.

Bosnia’s Armies of God

They are everywhere. Often lavishly built and ridiculously tall, some look like architectural pranks. Sometimes they are built on former school or kindergarten grounds or in the front yards of houses whose owners have been chased off. Often they glitter in their unseemlyopulence right in the middle of a neighborhood that has obviously seen better days. Very [...]

No Bosnians in Bosnia

No Bosnians in Bosnia

I met a woman once who had survived the concentration camps. I was in awe of her. She was old and frail, but feisty. It was hard for me to imagine such atrocities, just as it is hard for me to imagine what it was like living in Belgrade during the NATO bombings or in [...]